Odds are, you are going to get tooth decay. A vast majority of people do.
The good news is that it doesn’t need to ruin your smile. You can take steps to minimize the effect cavities have on your oral health.
Following some simple suggestions from our team at Davenport Dental Group in Laredo, TX can have your teeth looking great for decades.
1. Brush & Floss Daily
Yes, you already know that you are supposed to do this, but a gentle reminder doesn’t hurt. Brushing twice daily for two minutes at a time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized squeeze of toothpaste with fluoride.
Also, you should floss once daily to clean the spaces between your teeth and gums. Those are the areas your toothbrush doesn’t reach well.
2. Get Professional Cleanings
Even with your daily oral hygiene routine, most people will have some plaque and tartar buildup. We can and will remove it when you see us for a professional cleaning. For most people, twice a year is plenty. Individuals who have chronic oral health issues may want to come more often.
3. Don’t Ignore the Signs
Black and brown spots on your teeth, increased tooth sensitivity, and toothaches all can indicate decay. When you notice these symptoms, take action. Most of the time, a dental filling is sufficient to repair your tooth. Sometimes a dental crown or a root canal may be needed. The longer you wait, the more likely your decay can lead to something worse.